Communion in Converse

This past Sunday I got a lot of compliments on my shoes, which you can see pictured above.  On Sunday, May 5 TMPC participated in the Spring Edition of The Church has Left the Building where we focus on being the church through our actions of serving others in our community. Because I was going to be participating in one of the projects following the worship service (and because I wear a robe in worship so may wardrobe underneath doesn't matter so much) I chose to come to worship in jeans, a t-shirt, and my bright red converse sneakers. The converse, of course, were on full display during worship as I stood on the raised chancel singing hymns, reading scripture, and presiding at the Lord’s Table for Communion. 

            When I was growing up my mother always had us dress up to attend church, which typically meant a nice dress and stockings. It was just one more way to separate Sundays from every other day of the week – a way to show reverence and keep the Sabbath.  I still feel this way about worship on Sunday although as I have grown older I know it does not matter one bit what you wear to worship God – it only matters that you are taking the time to come and worship at all. 

            But wearing my jeans and sneakers during a regular morning worship service is a great reminder that our faith is not meant to be something that is neat, pretty, and well put-together. Our faith is meant to be lived out in the world, which might mean you need a durable pair of shoes that can accommodate service for others.  

            In the letter to the Ephesians, Paul encourages the people to put on the Armor of God

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.  Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness.  As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.  With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
— Ephesians 6:13-17 (NRSV)

But today I encourage you to take up the wardrobe of service – work gloves and bright orange vests, old t-shirts and well worn sneakers, tool belts and dust masks (and yes bright red converse too) so that we can live out our faith and serve our neighbors in need.